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Trump addresses allegations against former WH staff in tweet

Trump addresses allegations against former WH staff in tweet

Yet Trump made no mention of the ex-wives of the two former staffers, or of the alleged abuse, and his response has drawn widespread criticism from his opponents.

Porter's departure from the White House following the publication last week of allegations of spousal abuse by his two ex-wives has rattled Trump's White House and led to internal tensions, with the president privately griping about Kelly and musing about replacements.

But no action was taken to remove Porter from the staff, and instead, Kelly and others oversaw an elevation in Porter's standing.

Questions about the scandal largely drowned out the White House's intended subject matter Monday: the President's new budget proposal and a long-awaited plan to overhaul the nation's infrastructure.

"He has full confidence in his current Chief of Staff General John Kelly", said presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Kelly has indicated he would step aside if he lost the faith of the president. "I'm extraordinarily pleased with the job the chief has been doing". Kelly was hired for the job last summer when it become clear that Reince Priebus wasn't able to bring discipline to perpetual West Wing dysfunction.

Trump has begun floating possible names for a future chief of staff in conversations with outside advisers, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations but not authorized to discuss them.

The episode has distracted aides from a number of policy issues on the president's agenda, like a new infrastructure plan and the immigration debate, according to senior officials.

Wynn "has been accused and has been condemned without any due process", Mulvaney said.

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On Friday, a second White House staffer, speechwriter David Sorensen, resigned as a result of abuse allegations.

On Saturday the president tweeted "peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation is there no such thing any longer as due process?"

"The president deplores - he thinks that domestic violence is grotesque, he said that on multiple occasions, and there is no place for it in this country, there is no place for it in this White House, and the president won't stand for it", he said.

On ABC, Conway elaborated that Trump believes "you have to consider all sides".

Rep. Sean Maloney says the country needs to know when the White House learned about the allegations of domestic violence against Porter, and why the former aide was allowed to work without a permanent security clearance. "Find another scapegoat. You might want to look at the last president", Pirro said in her show's opening. Showing little regard for the #MeToo movement, he has followed a pattern of giving the benefit of the doubt to powerful men and insisting upon his own innocence in the face of allegations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women.

Corbett claimed that her ex-husband "ran a auto over her foot, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall and grasped her menacingly by her hair while they were alone on their boat in remote waters off Maine's coast, an incident she said left her fearing for her life". Trump frequently live-tweets Fox & Friends - including earlier Monday, when he responded to a segment with a tweet tagging the program's account. "Some are true and some are false", he wrote. In a combative briefing with reporters, she read a statement expressing concern for domestic violence victims that she later said had been dictated by the president and described a new timeline leading up to Porter's resignation. "And I think that is very serious for the United States government". "He says, 40 years ago, this did not happen". He later added that "it was very sad when we heard about it". Porter said he would be resigning from his role at the White House shortly after and has called the allegations "outrageous" and "simply false". As soon as Porter was proved to be wrong, Mulvaney said, "he was gone nearly immediately".

When Jennie Willoughby went public with the physical and emotional abuse she allegedly suffered in her marriage to former White House aide Rob Porter, the ex-schoolteacher found herself catapulted into a media and political storm.

Mulvaney, however, said Porter was "not entirely forthcoming" when asked about the allegations and, once the photos came out, "we dismissed that person immediately".

Inside the White House, Kelly and McGahn have defended themselves by claiming Porter misled them about the extent and nature of the claims.